A stranger's life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything. The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding. When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.
As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit's intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable. She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love? She fears their story will end before it even begins.
©2014 Liz Tolsma (P)2014 Thomas Nelson
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
On his way home one night, Johan finds a nearly dead man, Gerrit Laninga . . . having barely survived his own execution . . . he takes Gerrit, a member of the Dutch Resistance home to his sister, Cornelia . . . though terrified of being found out by the Nazis, Cornelia and her sister, a nurse, help Gerrit . . .compelled by their faith in God . . . the story of the war, the resistance and the mercy found in most unexpected places and circumstances, is one I won't soon forget . . . ordinary people making extraordinary choices that changed the course of their neighbors . . . and strangers . . . lives forever . . . evil lurked . . . seemingly unchecked around every corner . . . yet an all powerful God had set in motion an end and a way of mercy for many of His children . . . there is a great lesson in the atrocities of WWII, the "cleansing" of Europe . . . if God's people come before the Lord with humility and grace, He will lead and deliver the nations whose God is the Lord Almighty . . .
I am a busy mom of 4 that manages to work as a SLP and teach as an adjunct faculty member at my local university. Oh and I am an avid reader
The story was well written. It had surprise and intrigue and kept you connected through out the entire store. the narration was great. It provided insight in to history with out adding unnecessary language and sexual content. My only complaint was that she hasn't written more that are available.
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